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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.




August 29th 1825


My dear friend

I Had some hope to visit you at the Monroes and He regretted Himself that the Rapidity of our movements did not allow him to give you a precise and timely notice. Nor could I write to you before Now as our arrangement has been lately fixed. I go this morning on a visit to see Washington’s family and to the tomb of my paternal friend with a view to be returned the day after tomorrow By dinner time. I ought and I wish to make a farewell visit to Baltimore alto I much fear it will be impossible, as I am to dine Thursday at Commodore Morris’[1] and will Have But a short time to attend to some Business Answer the most pressing letter &c. on the 6th I dine with the president on 7th in the morning I leave the seat of government in a steamboat to join the frigate at the mouth of the Potomac. Shall I Have the pleasure to embrace you, my dear Ludwel, before I leave this Beloved American shore. Forward my respects to the family, and believe me for ever.

Your affectionate friend



My companions Beg to be remembered to you and them


Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.171, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 November 2

[1] Charles Morris (1784-1856). He was a native of Connecticut.

[2] Lafayette’s visit to the United States began in July 1824 and lasted until September 1825. He visited 24 states.

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